Chelsea Clinton stumps for Mom at Cleveland State


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The political child seems to have some game.
Chelsea Clinton’s stump speech for her mom at Cleveland State this morning was not bad for a 27-year-old political child who spent most of her life shielded from the media. She’s outgrown the gawky, 12-year-old, braces-and-frizzy-hair persona most of us remember from when her dad got elected… After being introduced by Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones’ son — this was strictly a family affair -- she faced a packed crowd in the atrium of CSU’s University Center. With students watching from staircases and echoing as they shuffled to classes on upper floors, it wasn’t the best forum for a conversation. It was tough to hear Clinton’s voice despite her Oprah-sized mic, and impossible to hear any of her questioners. But she got cheers on a few of the big talking points: Her mom’s promise to get rid of 2005 tax breaks for oil and gas companies, to end “the unfunded mandate known as No Child Left Behind,” to increase federal aid grants for college students, and to have public service jobs — such as becoming a teacher or firefighter — count as a way to pay off student loans. The real wisdom of the day, however, came from the audience. Standing in the back behind the TV cameras, students Joe Gotschall and Sloane King provided insightful commentary throughout. They decided that Chelsea was “a lot more charming than her mother,” but still not good enough to win their vote. They support Obama because his decisions are “morally founded,” he’s not one of the two families that have held the presidency for the past two decades, and he’s a symbol for change. Besides, he has other strengths. “He smokes cigarettes,” the 19-year-old King notes. “I would love to light Obama’s cigarette.” As for the Clintons, well, Bill was their favorite. King wishes he could run again. But if Hillary manages to win, she has to admit, “Bill would make one sweet-ass first husband.” – Lisa Rab


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